The most basic answer: it depends on the item you want to keep.
But what if you’re shopping for a piece of furniture?
You might be able to buy it at a yard sale for a reasonable price and then return it to a thrift store, or you might not.
The difference is that a thrifty thrift can’t necessarily make money on it.
“I don’t know if that’s an issue with the system,” says Sarah Breen, who runs a thrifting advice site, The Thrift Guide.
The best way to think of the difference between buying a piece and making it into a piece is by the number of pieces it takes to make it into something that you can sell.
For example, say you buy a box of cereal at a store, and it takes you four days to make the box.
That’s the number you need to make a piece.
If you make it, you could sell it to someone else for a profit, but you would have to make at least a few hundred more pieces to make that profit.
If, on the other hand, you buy the cereal and then sell it for the same price at the same yard sale, you will have made only about 20 pieces of cereal for the price of the box, she says.
So what are the chances of making enough profit on a piece?
According to Breen and others, you can make anywhere from about 3 to 6% of the total profit from a given item.
But this number can be very misleading, because the average profit on the average item is much higher.
For instance, the average $20 bill makes about $1.30, so you should make less than $200.
If the item is a wedding gift, for example, you should have a profit of at least $2,500, which means you need about 2,500 to make your profit.
For the same reason, Breen recommends making your profits in increments of $10.
When you think about it, this isn’t a huge difference, because you are only making a profit if the item sells.
If a box is $200, it is a pretty good deal.
But if you buy that box at a throng of people, you would only make about $50 profit.
The other problem with the $20 figure is that it is misleading.
If you want more information on the numbers, here’s a helpful graphic from a 2011 survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: